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will see you tonight. captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: a humiliating defeat for the president. >> i'm disappointed. no mr. trump could not convince his own party the pass his highest priority. >> the best thing we can do politically speaking is to let obamacare explode. >> pelley: also tonight, the republican chairman of the house intelligence committee backs off his explosive claim that the trump transition team was under surveillance. a truck, a school bus, and a deadly wreck on a texas highway. the bus driver is being called a hero. >> he prevented more lives. >> pelley: and steve hartman on graduation day, no one stood
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taller than officer matias ferreira. >> i got chills to hear the pipe bands and the feeling just going through your body. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the repeal of obamacare has failed. done in by a fractured republican party. facing certain defeat, the speaker of the house pulled the bill that would have begun to replace president obama's affordable care act of 2010. there were more than enough republicans to pass the measure, but the president, who said that he could negotiate better than any politician, was not able to muster enough of them. last night mr. trump miscalculated, issuing a c.e.o.'s ultimate um. he told republicans if they didn't pass his bill today, they could forget the whole thing, he'd leave obamacare in place. it is, at least for now.
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chip reid begins our coverage. >> i've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let obamacare explode. >> reporter: the president tried to put a positive spin on the failure to pass the republican party's top legislative priority, and he showed no bitterness to those who shared the blame. >> i want to thank the republican party. i want to thank paul ryan. >> reporter: but for speaker paul ryan, who has spent seven years railing against obamacare, it was devastating. >> i will not sugar coat this, this is a disappointing day for us. >> reporter: he says he hopes to try again, but he has no idea when that will be. >> obamacare will remain the law of the land until it's replaced. we'll be living with obamacare for the foreseeable future. >> reporter: that conclusion followed hours of impassioned debate. >> providers are fleeing, prices
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are skyrocketing. this may be our last off ramp on the road to ruin. >> reporter: and democratic opponents. >> i'm going to fight every single attempt to turn a deaf ear, a blind eye and a cold shoulder to the sick. >> reporter: but the real action was going on behind closed doors where ryan and his deputies were trying to convince dozens of fellow republicans to vote yes. many conservatives opposed the bill because it doesn't go far enough to repeal obamacare, but some moderate republicans say it went too far and could leave 24 million americans without health insurance over the next decade. >> did you have the votes? >> reporter: vice president pence went to capitol hill for one last try with his former colleagues in conservative freem caucus, but to no avail. >> my vote is still a no. >> reporter: this afternoon ryan went to the white house to tell the president the bad news, that they did not have the votes. >> i told him the best thing i think to do is to pull this bill and he agreed with that decision. >> reporter: last month former
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republican speaker john boehner said this: "in the 25 years that i served in the united states congress, republicans never ever one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like, not once." scott, it appears that record is still standing. >> pelley: chip reid at the capitol. the president, who fancies himself a master of the art of the deal, is still an apprentice in the science of politics, but he didn't blame himself for the defeat today, he blamed the democrats. margaret brennan is at the white house. >> we were very close. it was a very, very tight margin. >> reporter: president trump won the white house by touting his deal-making credentials, but on health care he could not outmaneuver members of his own party. >> we all learned a lot. we learned a lot about loyalty. we learned a lot about the vote-getting process. >> reporter: the president pelted democrats and predicted they'll pay the political price for obamacare's increasing
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costs. >> i think the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer because now they own obamacare. they own it. >> nobody knows the system better than me, which is why i alone can fix it. >> reporter: health care spending makes up around 18% of the u.s. economy. during the campaign, mr. trump said his business experience would translate into immediate reform. >> my first day in office i'm going to ask congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law. >> reporter: that was two weeks before the election. today. >> i never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. report in an interview on "face the nation" last year, mr. trump explained his strategy. >> it's supposed to be you get along with congress and you cajole and you go back and forth and everybody gets in a room and we end up with deals. >> reporter: but the president has since acknowledged that brokering this overhaul was tougher than expected. >> it's an unbelievably complex
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subject. nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> reporter: the take it or leave it negotiating style that mr. trump described in his book, "the art of the deal," scott, it didn't work today in washington. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the white house. we'll turn now to john dickerson, our cbs news political director and the an consider of "face the nation." john, is there a way forward for health care? >> well, to go back to the health care, the president can do it the way he just tried, which is only with republican votes. or he can try for actual bipartisan legislation with democrats. but that means taking on some of their ideas, and if he takes on democratic ideas in earnest, then he's going to lose votes from his own party. that may be why today he said he's going to move on to reforming taxes, but that's going to be hard sell, too. the president has learned it's easier to sell himself in a campaign where people only need to make one choice or another. with legislation there are lots of complicated trade-offs.
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>> pelley: the courts have knocked down the president's immigration ban and the president can't seem to get out of his own way because of his penchant for falsehoods. how does this white house get back on track? >> kris:>> reporter: voters aret concerned about jobs and the economy and immigration. you can imagine him returning to turn to symbolic events to remind voters what they like about him. although this week judge neil gorsuch did make it through his confirmation hearing in strong shape, which is something conservatives care a great deal about. going forward, the thing to look for right away is what this relationship with paul ryan like? there has been some finger-pointing about this bill and whose fault it is. if that continues, that's bad news, because if that relationship is spoiled, they won't be able to do anything bibig and complicated unless they can work together. >> pelley: john dickerson, we'll be watching you on sunday on "face the nation." john's guests will include republican trey gowdy and ranking democrat adam schiff of the house intelligence committee and the former secretary of
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state george shultz. on another matter, the leaders of the house intelligence committee appear to be at war. today the top democrat accused the republican chairman of trying to divert attention from the president's unproven claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor. here's jeff pegues. >> the president made a slanderous accusation against his predecessor, one with absolutely no basis. >> reporter: today intelligence committee ranking democrat adam schiff accused republican chairman devin nunes of trying to muddy the waters. >> that effort to defend the indefensible has led us down this terrible rabbit hole and threatens the integrity of the only investigation that's authorized in the house. >> reporter: nunes announced two developments into that investigation into russian meddling and allegations of trump campaign collusion in the 2016 election that former trump campaign chairman paul manafort, whose relationship to russian
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oligarch oleg deripaska has come under scrutiny has volunteered to testify. and the committee will hear from f.b.i. director james comey and n.s.a. director michael rocking centers a closed session next week instead of public testimony from former obama administration officials. in a tweet, schiff accused nunes of wanting to choke off information from the public. on wednesday nunes rushed to the white house to tell the president about what he said was legal foreign surveillance that involved members of the trump transition team. >> i have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were i guess at least monitored and disseminated out in intelligence. >> reporter: but when asked about the surveillance today, he was less certain about what he had seen. >> we won't know that until we actually receive all of the documentation. it's hard to know where the information came from until you get the report and have time to go through them and see all the
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sourcing of the documents. >> reporter: meanwhile, scott, nunes also repeated something he said last week, that there is no evidence president obama wiretapped trump tower. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom, thanks. fake news articles, outrageous and salacious, bedeviled both presidential campaigns. now in an investigation for "60 minutes," we had looked into how nonsense on one web site breaks out to become a trending article on facebook or twitter. we discovered that some fake news publishers use fraudulent computer software called bots to make the articles appear to be wildly popular. bots are fake social media accounts. jim vidmar knows all about bots. he's a consultant who helps products or people get noticed on the internet. so we were talking about these
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bots, these are twitter accounts masquerading as real people. >> that's right. >> pelley: by the thousands? >> millions. >> pelley: we did an experiment with vidmar's help. we bought 5,000 bots from a russian web site. they cost us just a few hundred bucks. i'm going to tweet from my account: what happens when "60 minutes" investigates fake news. so tweet that out. >> and there it is. >> pelley: normally i would expect real people to retweet my message a few dozen times. vidmar programmed our bots to retreat my message, and then he turned them loose. hit it with everything you got. >> i hit it with everything i got. >> you got 38,000 retweets. >> pelley: wait 3,400. > 4.4,000. >> pelley: and that matter because facebook and twitter
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base their ranking of trending subjects on their popularity. the retweet of a bot looks just like the retweet of a person. on sunday on "60 minutes," we'll show you how fake news publishers turn fake boosts from bots into real money. president trump did reverse one of his spread s.e.c.or's -- predecessor's conditions today. he approved construction of the keystone xl pipeline, which will carry canadian crude oil to an existing pipeline in nebraska that feeds refineries on the east coast. the president called it a great day and said thousands will be employed during the construction. the man behind the london terror attack had an arrest record dating to 1983, a record that includes knife attacks. on wednesday he stabbed a police officer to death after killing three others with his rented car. elizabeth palmer has the latest.
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>> reporter: the man who was calling himself khalid masood by the time he was shot dead outside britain's parliament started life as adrian russel ajao, a british-born kid who went to a christian school in kent in england and loved soccer. british police are now trying to understand why, decades later, he decided to commit pass murder with a rented car. it's likely that masood changed his name when he converted to islam. he did three separate stints in jail, one for slashing a man in the face with a knife, but police say his last conviction was back in 2003. by the time masood acted this week, he was married with children and highly unusually was 52 years old. >> most terrorists are younger men. >> reporter: richard walton is the former london police head of counter-terrorism. >> 52-year-old male, that is quite exceptional and obviously there will be concern about how he was radicalized. >> reporter: another puzzling
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fact, masood spent the night before the attack in a seaside hotel. the manager. >> he was very friendly, laughing and joking, telling us stories about where he lives. >> reporter: masood had been living in birmingham, a city with a large muslim population, and over the last 20 years, home to 39 people convicted of terrorism-related crimes. investigators are now looking into masood's background, scott, to determine whether he was part of an extremist network or whether he really did act alone. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in london. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a bus filled with high school athletes and a deadly crash on a texas highway. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis isn't it time to let the real you shine through?
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>> pelley: there was a terrible crash on a texas highway late last night. two drivers were killed, but quick thinking prevented a bigger tragedy. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: eight minutes before the crash thursday night came this 911 call. >> i have a big truck in front of me that's swerving side to side. i think he's probably falling asleep, but he's in the other lane. >> before police found the truck, it slammed into this bus on a rural two-lane road in east texas. on board were 35 boys and coaches from the mount pleasant high school track team, including coach roderick sneed. >> when i came to, i just checked myself as far as body parts to make sure i was all there, and i immediately walked out of the front windshield because it's gone. >> reporter: state troopers say the 18 wheeler hit headlight to headlight with the bus. as the bus rolled and stopped here, the 18 wheeler kept going. the driver was ejected. he died where he was ejected. then his cab with no one in it
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hit head-on with another coach that was driving behind the bus. that female track coach died as the 18 wheeler went another 20 yards before stopping. that female track coach was 30-year-old angelica beard, a mother of. two police are investigating why the truck driver, 50-year-old bradley way farmer, was swerving. texas authorities say the defensive driving of the bus driver, carl van bowen, was heroic. >> he prevented us from losing more lives, my own included. >> reporter: the bus driver is in critical condition tonight. the coach you just heard from made it clear the bus driver was pumping the break, swerving to the right, and he was successful in avoiding a head-on collision. 29 kids went to the hospital. there -- they have all been released. >> pelley: david begnaud. thank you. we'll be right back.
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you didn't know you would be able to do yourself. >> reporter: 28-year-old matias ferreira used to be a marine, served in afghanistan, and in 2011, he stepped on an i.e.d. and lost both legs from the knee down. it was a nightmare and the end of a childhood dream. he immigrated to america from uruguay at the age of six. not long after, he saw a marine in dressed blues and decided, that's what i'm going to be when i grow up. his plan was to be a marine for life, until he lost his legs, and had to come up with a new plan to serve. >> i started looking into the police department and seeing if they would take me with the situation of prosthetics. i spent numerous hours googling police officer with prosthetics, anything that would come up, and i just couldn't find anything. >> because nobody had done it. >> i'm going in blind. i don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: fact, is as best anybody can tell, there had never been a full-time, active duty, double amputee police officer. that didn't stop ferreira.
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he applied like everyone else. the only special accommodation that he wanted was that he not get any special accommodation. >> i feel like if somebody helped me, i wouldn't want have wanted it. it wouldn't have been fair to me or the police officers behind me. >> reporter: so he went through the same exact training. that's him with the baton. some were curious if he fell while trying to apprehend a suspect, could he even get up? and that answers that. which brings us here. today ferreira not only graduated, he graduated class president, life and daughter clearly proud. he told me when he lost those legs if he worked hard, another door would open, and here he is, on the glorious other side of that threshold. >> daddy's here. >> reporter: steve hartman, on the road, in brentwood, new york. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news." for all of us at cbs news all around the
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